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The Best James Franco Movies  

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List of the best James Franco movies, ranked best to worst with movie trailers when available. At the beginning of his acting career, James Franco appeared in Judd Apatow's short-lived TV series Freaks and Geeks, setting the stage for this dynamic duo to collaborate on future films. James Franco's highest grossing movies have received a lot of accolades over the years, earning millions upon millions around the world. The order of these top James Franco movies is decided by how many votes they receive, so only highly rated James Franco movies will be at the top of the list. James Franco has been in a lot of films, so people often debate each other over what the greatest James Franco movie of all time is. If you and a friend are arguing about this then use this list of the most entertaining James Franco films to end the squabble once and for all.

If you think the best James Franco role isn't at the top, then upvote it so it has the chance to become number one. The greatest James Franco performances didn't necessarily come from the best movies, but in most cases they go hand in hand.

Everything from 127 Hours to Pineapple Express is included on this list.

"This list answers the questions, "What are the best James Franco movies?" and "What are the greatest James Franco roles of all time?" If you are a fan of Franco's humor, you might also enjoy our list of best Seth Rogan movies and best Jonah Hill movies.

James Franco has worked with many famous directors, including big names like Robert Altman and Judd Apatow. Is James Franco your favorite person to watch on the big screen? You might also want to vote on our best Andrew Dice Clay and Jeremy Renner films lists too.

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Pineapple Express is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Seth Rogen, James Franco, Gary Cole
Pineapple Express is a 2008 American buddy stoner action comedy film directed by David Gordon Green. A process server (Seth Rogen) and his marijuana dealer (James Franco) are forced to flee from ...more
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127 Hours is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Kate Mara, Lizzy Caplan
127 Hours is a 2010 British-American biographical survival drama film directed, co-written and produced by Danny Boyle. The film stars James Franco as real-life canyoneer Aron Ralston, who ...more
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This Is the End is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Emma Watson, James Franco, Channing Tatum
The comedy "This is the End" follows six friends trapped in a house after a series of strange and catastrophic events devastate Los Angeles. As the world unravels outside, dwindling ...more
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Interview is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Sienna Miller, Steve Buscemi
Interview is a remake of Dutch film maker Theo van Gogh's 2003 movie of the same name. The American version, which premiered in 2007, stars Steve Buscemi as Pierre Peders, a fading political ...more
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Spider-Man 2 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 2 is a 2004 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. While struggling to manage both his personal life and his duties as Spider-Man, Peter ...more
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Rise of the Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Freida Pinto, John Lithgow
Rise of the Apes is in pre-production as of May 2010. This origin story for a new franchise takes place in modern day San Francisco and will star James Franco. It is currently scheduled for a ...more
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Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Tobey Maguire, Willem Dafoe, Kirsten Dunst
Spider-Man is a 2002 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. When bitten by a genetically modified spider, Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), a nerdy, ...more
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James Dean is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Michael Moriarty, Edward Herrmann
James Dean is a 2001 biographical television film based on the life of the American actor of the same name. James Franco plays James Dean under the direction of Mark Rydell, who chronicles ...more
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Milk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin
Milk is a 2008 American biographical film based on the life of gay rights activist and politician Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California, ...more
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Oz the Great and Powerful is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, James Franco
Oz the Great and Powerful is a 2013 American 3D live action and computer animated fantasy adventure film directed by Sam Raimi, produced by Joe Roth, and written by David Lindsay-Abaire and ...more
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Spider-Man 3 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco
Spider-Man 3 is a 2007 American superhero film directed by Sam Raimi, based on the Marvel Comics character. A strange black entity from another world bonds with Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) and ...more
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Tristan & Isolde is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Henry Cavill, Mark Strong
Tristan & Isolde is a 2006 epic romantic drama film based on the medieval romantic legend of Tristan and Isolde. It was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott, directed by Kevin Reynolds ...more
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Spring Breakers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez
Spring Breakers is a 2012 American film directed by Harmony Korine. While enjoying their spring break in Florida, four college-aged girls meet an eccentric local person who introduces them to a ...more
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Knocked Up is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Katherine Heigl
Knocked Up is a 2007 American romantic comedy film co-produced, written, and directed by Judd Apatow. The films stars Seth Rogen, Katherine Heigl, Paul Rudd, and Leslie Mann. It follows the ...more
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Flyboys is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester
Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, and Tyler ...more
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Annapolis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson
Annapolis is a 2006 drama film directed by Justin Lin and starring James Franco, Tyrese Gibson, Jordana Brewster, Donnie Wahlberg, Roger Fan, and Chi McBride. The film revolves around Jake ...more
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Future World is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Suki Waterhouse, Jeffrey Wahlberg
Future World is a 2018 American science fiction action western film directed by James Franco and Bruce Thierry Cheung. In a post-apocalyptic world, where water and gasoline have long since dried ...more
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Kin is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Myles Truitt, Jack Reynor
Kin is a 2018 science fiction film directed by Jonathan and Josh Baker. An ex-convict and his brother are forced on the run by a vengeful criminal.
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Never Been Kissed is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Jessica Alba, Drew Barrymore, James Franco
Never Been Kissed is a 1999 romantic comedy film produced by 20th Century Fox and Drew Barrymore's production company, Flower Films, directed by Raja Gosnell and starring Drew Barrymore, David ...more
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Your Highness is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Natalie Portman, Zooey Deschanel, James Franco
Your Highness is a 2011 American fantasy comedy film directed by David Gordon Green, starring Danny McBride, James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, with Justin Theroux, Toby Jones ...more
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Date Night is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Mila Kunis, Olivia Munn, Tina Fey
Date Night is a 2010 comedy film directed by Shawn Levy and starring Steve Carell and Tina Fey. It was released in the United States on April 9, 2010. For a time it was marketed as Crazy Night ...more
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City by the Sea is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku
City by the Sea is a 2002 film starring Robert De Niro, James Franco, Eliza Dushku, Frances McDormand and William Forsythe. It deals with the family problems of a wayward youth and is set ...more
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The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Tim Blake Nelson, Liam Neeson, James Franco
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs is a 2018 American western anthology film directed by the Coen brothers. Six chapters present a different story from the wild frontier.
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Zeroville is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
James Franco, Megan Fox, Seth Rogen
Zeroville is a 2019 American comedy-drama film directed by James Franco, based on the novel of the same name by Steve Erickson. A 24-year-old architecture student, Ike Jerome (James Franco) ...more
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The Interview is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best James Franco Movies
Eminem, James Franco, Seth Rogen
The Interview is a 2014 American political satire comedy film directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in their second directorial work, following This Is the End. The screenplay by Dan Sterling ...more